I’m Sorry Firefox

….but it’s over.


Out with the old. In with the new
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We had a good long run (I’d been with you longer than anyone else), but I’ve found someone new.  She’s younger and faster and has most of what you had to offer me (even the really geeky stuff).

Most of all, I’m impressed with how fast she is (no matter how I try to slow her down)

So Firefox, we can still be friends, but it’s just not gonna be the same any more..


All my love,


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Geek Shop-O-Rama!

I’m broke now, but I’m Happy!

Amazon.com is happy with me too. :0)

I got me two of these:

& one of these:

& one of these:


& because I’m all thumbs when it comes to tinkering with electronic hardware, I’m gonna have thsese guys open up my computer and put it all in. (well actually, the old Video Card is being replaced with the new one). :0)

Ooops almost forgot.  A month ago I bought this:


But I never got around to getting it put in the computer, so that will be done when the other stuff mentioend above is also.

I’ll have a total of 4 hard drives in the computer (5TB of storage – up from 1) when this is all done.

It’s almost like I got a new computer! 😀

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Internets Overload

I came across a blog entry titled “RSS, Twitter, and Information Overload” on Francine Hardaway’s Blog, which I found very interesting and intriguing.

It reminded me of a dilemma that I myself (as well as millions of other Internet users) continually face.

This is particularly true of those of us of the surprisingly small number of Internet users who make use of RSS feeds.

Ms Hardaway is not the first person I’ve come across who has this sort of dilemma.  It’s become quite common. 

My issues here are even more extreme.  Unlike most people, I have no life.  I am disabled (due to rather extreme depression) and therefore, I have no job and lots of free time.  I spend virtually 90 percent of my waking moments on the Internets and I’m still overwhelmed!

I am subscribed to over three hundred feeds in Google Reader.

And guess what?  I rarely use Google Reader other than to add even more RSS feeds!

Most of what I read on the Internet is stuff I come across randomly (or from links to pages via Digg, Reddit, Mixx, StumbleUpon and so forth).  Before I discovered RSS several years ago, I used email subscriptions in place of it. And I never got around to canceling about 30 percent of those subscriptions.

I get “breaking news” email alerts from CNN and The New York Times.  And more often than not, those alerts are how I land on said websites.  Once I’m there I end up reading not only the :”breaking news” item, but other stories that catch my attention.  Then something will intrigue me in one of the stories and I’ll do a Google Search and the rest is history….

I’ll often do a Wikipedia search on something I come across and just like back in the day, when I had a set of encyclopedias, I’ll end up reading far more articles than I intended.

I can literally spend half the day reading Wikipedia articles. And I often make corrections and additions to them.

So who has time for RSS (and Instant Messaging, Usenet, Mailing Lists, Twitter) and all of the other things you can find on the Internets?

I don’t,and as I said, I spend all freakin’ day and most of the night here.

So how does anyone with a life (i.e. a Job, family, social life, etc). manage any of this?

I’ll be damned if I know.

I discovered Twitter a few years back and found little use for it. But lately, I’ve begun using it more and more. And for what?  Mostly I share links I come across with the strangers out there who choose to follow me.

And don’t get me started on sittes like MySpace and Facebook..

And to top all that off, I discovered FriendFeed fairly recently (for those who don’t know Friendfeed is a way to keep up with others Internet activity.  – you can see my FriendFeed page for an example).

To recap, there is waaay too much information out there and how people with lives can attempt to manage it is beyond me.  I have no life and I can’t manage it at all.

But what am I going to do about my dilemma?  Nothing, of course…

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Some Handy Windows 7 Taskbar (Superbar) Modifiers



[via WinHelp Online]

Shift + Click on icon

Open a new instance

Middle click on icon

Open a new instance

Ctrl + Shift + Click on icon

Open a new instance with Admin privileges

Shift + Right-click on icon

Show window menu (Restore / Minimize / Move / etc) Note: Normally you can just right-click on the window thumbnail to get this menu

Shift + right-click on grouped icon.

Menu with Restore All / Minimize All / Close All, etc.

Ctrl + Click on grouped icon

Cycle between the windows (or tabs) in the group

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A Major/Minor Improvement in Windows 7 Start Menu

I was just playing with build 7022 in a virtual machine.

In poking around the settings for the Start Menu I noticed that you can include the Downloads folder amongst the others that have been there in the past (e.g. Pictures, Documents, etc).


This might seem minor, but for me it’s a big deal.  I frankly use my Downloads folder more than any other and have always been annoyed that it wasn’t on the Start Menu in the same manner.

Well that’s finally changed!  I’m just hoping it ends up in the final version.

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Today is Firefox Download Day (Sort of).

You would think that Mozilla would want to maximize exposure to their Firefox 3 “Download Day”.

But unless you’re so into Firefox that you read the Mozilla blog or the trades, you will only see mention of the date (today as of this writing).

But there is also a time. That is 10:00 AM PDT (-0800 UTC/GMT).

Now last I checked, there 24 time zones on this planet. So, for a good portion of Asia and the Pacific, “Download Day” isn’t on the 17th at all.

There were a number of comments on SpreadFirefox with regard to this.  Many were unhappy.  I can’t blame them. If Mozilla wants hype, then they blew it.

Their best bet it to hope they can set the record with just the downloads from North & South America.  I suspect others won’t even bother for another 24-48 hours (or they’ll just use the update feature in Firefox 2).

I just read mention of the 10:00AM time on the Mozilla blog, but why isn’t (wasn’t) it in prominent places on Mozilla.com?

They blew it.

BTW, as of this writing, for those that want to say “screw the contest, you can get Firefox via one of the mirror sites. You can ignore the warning message you may see on on them and click through to find your download.  As of this early morning writing, Firefox 3 is already on most (if not all) of the mirrors.

Here are a few screenshots of the places you’d expect better information.


Guinnes World Record Page


http://www.mozilla.com/en-US/firefox/?from=getfirefox (a/k/a: getfirefox.com and www.mozilla.com).

You blew it, Mozilla.

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